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El-Rufai lauds Isa Pantami’s giant strides as NITDA DG

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The Executive Governor of Kaduna State, His Excellency, Mallam Nasir El- Rufai has commended the transformational leadership of the Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FBCS, FIIM which has seen the Agency migrate from an administrative to a knowledge base Agency within a short time frame.

Mallam El- Rufai made this commendation during his remarks shortly after receiving an award as the “Best State Government in Adoption of Information Technology” on behalf of the State during NITDA’s eNigeria 2018 Digital Service Promotion Awards and gala night held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The Govenor said that, “having been among the team that established NITDA in 2001, I am proud of the achievements of Dr Pantami as the Director General”.

The night also recognised long serving Staff of NITDA who have strived hard over the last 10 years by contributing their quota in adding value to Nigeria’s IT sector, other recipients of awards include,
Muhammed Munnir Hassan of Munir eSystem as ‘Best Startup’; Best MDA (Compliance to IT Clearance Regulation) goes to Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) and Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC); Best MDA (Ease of Doing Business) are Nigeria Immigration Service. (NIS) and Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC); Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for Digital Economy Promotion; MTN won the ‘Industry regulatory Award’ (NITDEF Levy) and Zenith Bank came second; the ‘FinTech Awards (Public Sector)’ goes NIBSS; and the ‘Director General/CEO’s Award for Most Proficient NITDA Scholar’ was awarded to
Hussaini Hussaini.

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NITDA DG, Isa Pantami, wins outstanding promoter of local content for national development award

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The efforts of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in the development and promotion of local content in ICT sector has been further affirmed by an array of industry players and stakeholders at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on 19th July, 2019. The Director General/CEO of NITDA, Dr. Isa Pantami, was awarded the prestigious Titans of Tech Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership in the promotion of local content for national development.

In a statement by Mrs, Hadiza Umar, NITDA’s head of Corporate Affairs & External Relations, the IT agency’s unwavering commitment to local content under Dr Pantami, has enhanced the purchase of indigenous brand of ICT devices by over 60% within the last three years. Local hosting of data doubled in value and local software consumption has significantly increased as attested to by the diversity of IT experts and business people at the Award ceremony.  The cumulative effect of these efforts, is that ICT contribution to GDP reached an unprecedented mark of 13.63% in Q4 of 2018.

Organisers of the Award further recognised the purposeful approach of Dr Pantami to ICT regulation in Nigeria. Organisers and stakeholders opined that the leadership of Dr Pantami is restoring confidence in indigenous technology development which has led to more foreign direct investment in the IT sector than any other sectors since 2018.

The Award was received on behalf of Dr Pantami by Dr Vincent Olatunji, the Director of e-Government Development and Regulations department of NITDA.

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TCN suspends KEDCO from electricity market

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The management of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), says it has issued suspension and disconnection orders to Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) from the electricity market.

The suspension order was posted on TCN’s twitter handle @TCN_Nigeria on Sunday.

According to the twitter handle, the suspension order was as result of KEDCO’s default in the Market Conditions/Market Participation Agreements.

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How we spent $1bn security fund – Presidency

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The Presidency has dismissed Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) allegation that the one billion dollars drawn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) was spent by the Muhammadu Buhari administration on the 2019 general elections.

The Peoples Democratic Party in a statement on Sunday asked Buhari to explain to Nigerians what his administration had done with one billion dollars drawn from the ECA in 2017 and meant to address the nation’s security challenges.

The amount was approved by the National Economic Council in December, 2017, to be used to purchase weapons to fight insurgency across the country.

However, Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, said “this unverifiable allegation’’ clearly indicated that the PDP was suffering from socio emotional distress.

He said PDP ”thinks that all governments in the world run on the basis of freewheeling looting as they did their own.

”Here is what happened to that 1 billion dollars. It’s on record that the Buhari administration paid about 490 million dollars for a dozen Super Tucano fighter aircraft in a direct, government-to-government (no Contractors or Commission Agents) transaction with government of the United States.

”Various other military procurement have been made. Balance of expenditure stands at about 880 million dollars or so. The PDP spent Defence procurement funds on their failed 2015 political campaigns as proven in court. That is not to say every succeeding government, more so one led by a Buhari will do the same.”

The presidential aide added that, barring considerations of national security, the details of the stage of implementation, the procurement made and the suppliers would be obtained and made available on Monday.

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